59 per cent of population experience issues with broadband, survey finds

A new Which? survey has found that 59 per cent of households (16 million people) across England experienced some kind of problem with their home internet connection in the last year.

Scrap council licensing committees, MPs say

A report conducted by the House of Lords Select Committee has concluded that the government made a ‘substantial error’ in creating new committees for local authorities to deal with licensing.

Brexit: ‘No deal better than bad deal’ unsubstantiated, MPs say

The cross-party Exiting the EU Committee has published a report warning that the government’s assertion that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, is unsubstantiated.

 Sunderland CC finishes transfer of children’s services

Sunderland City Council has completed the transfer of its children’s services to a new company, after it received an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted back in July 2015.

Brexit must lead to legislative freedom for councils, LGA says

The Local Government Association (LGA) has advised that Brexit must lead to ‘new legislative freedoms and flexibilities’ for councils, in a response to the Great Repeal Bill.

North East Lincolnshire Council purchases listed building for £1

North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has reached an agreement with CPG Investments Ltd to purchase the listed Silo building at Victoria Mill for a nominal sum of £1 to bring the listed building into public ownership.

North Yorkshire CC libraries to run by community

21 libraries in North Yorkshire are set to be run directly by volunteers after the local authority’s library service has seen its budget cut from £7.8 million in 2010 to £4.3 million in 2017/18.

Sajid confirms return of full powers to Tower Hamlets

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that full democratic accountability will be returned to Tower Hamlets Council.

Westminster and K&C councils terminate Tri-borough arrangement

Westminster City Council and Kensington and Chelsea have announced they are serving their notice on the tri-borough arrangements, which aimed to drive savings and public service reform in three London boroughs.

CMA highlights benefits of digital comparison tools

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a paper on its market study into digital comparison tools (DCTs), exploring the tools’ increasing use in helping people decide what to buy.

Proposals to make council webcasting compulsory

The Welsh government has announced new proposals to make council webcasting of meetings compulsory.

PAC calls for more action on improving CCS

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has advised that the government can make substantial savings from buying common goods and services centrally, but that the results of the its latest attempt to do so have been ‘disappointing’.

English council elections attract most electoral fraud reports

UK police data has revealed that English council elections attracted the most electoral fraud reports in 2016, twice as many as the EU referendum.

LGA to work with Design Council to tackle social issues

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a 16-week programme in partnership with the Design Council to support six local authorities in London with inventing workable solutions to high priority issues affecting their local communities.

Christchurch Council supports referendum proposal

Christchurch Borough Council has voted in favour of a proposed referendum on local government reorganisation in Dorset.

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The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.